Halt the Salt!

Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

 The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found — perhaps not surprisingly — that people already diagnosed with high blood pressure were more likely to shun the salt shaker.

“Excess sodium intake is a major risk factor for hypertension, and subsequently, heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of U.S. deaths, respectively,” noted a team of researchers led by Dr. Jing Fang of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under current U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the general population is advised to keep daily salt intake under 2,300 milligrams, or about a teaspoon. For people over 51, blacks and those with health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, the recommended daily sodium intake is 1,500 milligrams or less.

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